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Roman Korenev Outlasts Field For 2019 World Series Of Poker Marathon Event Title

Russian Online Poker Pro Earns First Bracelet And $477,401

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There are very few places in the world where earning half a million dollars in six days feels slow, but that’s the case at the World Series of Poker, which played host to the $2,620 buy-in no-limit hold’em Marathon event this week at the Rio.

The slow-moving structure saw each player start with 26,200 in chips, while enjoying levels that lasted 100 minutes each. After six days of battling, Russian online poker pro Roman Korenev came away with the victory, earning his first career gold bracelet.

Korenev topped a field of 1,083 players, earning the lion’s share of the $2,553,714 prize pool. The 30-year-old from the city of Krasnoyarsk picked up $477,401 for the victory.

This was the largest score of Korenev’s career, having previously finished fourth at the 2016 EPT Barcelona for $196,247 and third in a 2017 $1,500 WSOP no-limit hold’em event for $174,559. He now has just north of $2.1 million in career live tournament earnings.

Korenev had to work hard for his win, and endured a heads-up battle with American Jared Koppel for well over five hours that included a dozen double ups from the short stack before finally sealing the deal.

“I feel great! It was a long way to get this. I have nothing to say. No words,” Korenov told WSOP reporters. “Dreams come true.”

In addition to the money, Korenev also earned 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points for his win. The POY is sponsored by Global Poker.

Notables making a deep run in the event included Timothy Miles (14th), Daniel Park (1th), Chris Grigorian (24th), Mohsin Charania (38th), Ryan Leng (40th), Erkut Yilmaz (43rd), Joseph Cheong (49th), David Pham (53rd), Ben Ludlow (54th), Samantha Cohen (62nd), and Ben Palmer (64th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Roman Korenev $477,401 1,440
2 Jared Koppel $295,008 1,200
3 Dong Sheng Peng $208,726 960
4 Francis Anderson $149,605 720
5 Joe Curcio $108,646 600
6 Joseph Liberta $79,957 480
7 Matt Russell $59,642 360
8 Gustavo Darosamuniz $45,100 240
9 Peter Hong $34,580 120

For more coverage from the summer series, check out the 2019 WSOP landing page, complete with a full schedule, results, news, player interviews, and event recaps.